This year, The festival of teachers, gurus, mentors and learned saints – the Guru Purnima will be observed on July 27.
Why is Guru Purnima special?
A teacher is a beaming light for anyone. A human is always looking for guidance, lessons, learnings and seeking solutions to problems, big or small. There is one person in everybody’s life who we rely on for making the right choices. This person is the one who guides us on the right path and also consistently motivates and encourages us to walk on that path. Even if we fail, it is that person, among others (may be), who picks us up and shoots up the drive, the passion within to move, move forward every time we fall down.
This person is nobody but a guru, in the real sense. And such people need no reason to be celebrated. They are themselves a celebration. However, a special day has been marked on the calendar for them, for those who don’t care about self, for those who are selfless and offer unconditional love to all their students and followers. It could be Dalai Lama for somebody, a class teacher for some or their own mothers for many. A guru can be found in any body irrespective of their caste, creed, colour, etc. Any source knowledge which makes your beautiful is a guru.
“In order to learn the transcendental science, one must approach the bona fide spiritual master in disciplined succession, who is fixed in the Absolute Truth. Thus, it has been enjoined herewith that in order to receive that transcendental knowledge, one must approach the guru.”
What does the day essentially signify?
This day which is prevalent and celebrated in many pockets of India marks the appearance day of Srila Vyasadeva. It falls every year on the day of Ashadha Shukla Purnima.